verb \ ˈsēk \
|Updated on: 10 Jul 2018

Definition of seek

sought play \ˈsȯt\; seeking
1 : to resort to : go to
2 a : to go in search of : look for
b : to try to discover
3 : to ask for : request
  • seeks advice
4 : to try to acquire or gain : aim at
  • seek fame
5 : to make an attempt : try used with to and an infinitive
  • governments … seek to keep the bulk of their people contented
  • —D. M. Potter
1 : to make a search or inquiry
2 a : to be sought
b : to be lacking
  • in critical judgment … they were sadly to seek
  • The Times Literary Supplement (London)



Examples of seek in a Sentence

  1. The office is seeking a salesperson.

  2. The prince is seeking a wife.

  3. Snakes seek the sun to warm their bodies.

  4. You should visit your doctor and seek his advice.

  5. You should seek medical help immediately if you experience any chest pain or shortness of breath.

  6. The church is seeking donations.

  7. He sought revenge for his son's murder.

  8. During the war, she sought asylum in Spain.

  9. They sought refuge in Canada.

  10. The company is seeking new ways to improve service.

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Origin and Etymology of seek

Middle English seken, from Old English sēcan; akin to Old High German suohhen to seek, Latin sagus prophetic, Greek hēgeisthai to lead

SEEK Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of seek for English Language Learners

  • : to search for (someone or something) : to try to find (someone or something)

  • : to ask for (help, advice, etc.)

  • : to try to get or achieve (something)

SEEK Defined for Kids


verb \ ˈsēk \

Definition of seek for Students

sought \ˈsȯt\; seeking
1 : to try to find
  • seek help
  • … foxes called to each other, seeking again their lifelong mates.
  • —Jean Craighead George, My Side of the Mountain
2 : to try to win or get
  • He sought revenge.
3 : to make an attempt
  • Doctors are seeking to find a cure.

Synonym Discussion of seek

seek, search, and hunt mean to look for something. seek may be used in looking for either material or mental things.
    • She's always seeking new friends.
    • I seek the truth.
search is used when looking for something in a very careful, thorough way.
    • We searched all over the house for the letter.
hunt is used for a long pursuit.
    • I hunted all day for the right present.

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